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Windows 7: The rise of crimeware

07 Oct 2010   #1

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The rise of crimeware

Nearly 2 billion people today use the Internet and in doing so, expose themselves to an extensive and growing number of malware threats.

CA researchers identified more than 400 new families of threats, led by rogue security software, downloaders and backdoors.

Trojans were found to be the most prevalent category of new threats, accounting for 73 percent of total threat infections reported around the world. Importantly, 96 percent of Trojans found were components of an emerging underground trend towards organized cybercrime, or “Crimeware-as-a-Service.”

The most notable threats and trends of 2010 to-date include: Rogue or fake security software, also known as scareware or Fake AV, the first half of 2010 saw this category of malware continue its dominance. Google became the preferred target for distribution of rogue security software through Blackhat SEO, which manipulates search results to favor links to infected Web sites domains.

Some 96 percent of Trojans detected in H1 2010 functions as a component of a larger underground market-based mechanism which CA has termed “Crimeware-as-a-
Service.” Research revealed cybercriminals’ growing reliance on using cloud-based
Web services and applications to distribute their software.


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